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Ernesto Hernandez

Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Food Law; Law and Culture; Post-colonialism; International Law; Contracts
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 417
Phone: (714) 628-2621
Scholarly Works:
SSRN Author Page
First-year Foundations Program
The University of Texas At Austin, Bachelor of Arts
Georgetown University, Master of Arts
The George Washington University, Juris Doctor


Ernesto Hernández-López joined the Chapman University Fowler School of Law in 2005 and was promoted to Professor of Law with tenure in 2011.  His current research focuses on international law, post-colonialism, law and food, and immigration. This research has appeared in the Journal of International Economic Law, UCI Law Review, SMU Law Review, Journal of World Trade, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Gastronomica: Journal of Critical Food Studies, and other journals. The Chicago Tribune, Inter Press Service (Rome, Italy), OC Register, U-T San Diego, Latino Rebels, Hoy: Los Ángeles, and La Opinión have published Professor Hernández-López's opinion pieces. His blog posts appear in Notice & Comment: Yale Journal on Regulation; Next: Third World Approaches to International Law Review; and International Economic Law and Policy Blog.

Professor Hernández-López has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Minority Groups and Section on Food and Agriculture. He earned his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law in 2001. Before law school, he served as an International Relations Research Professor at the Universidad del Rosario and as a Political Science Professor at the Universidad Javeriana, both in Santafé de Bogóta, Colombia. He earned an M.A. with Academic Excellence in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in 1996 and a B.A. with a double major in Latin American Studies (Honors) and History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. Professor Hernández-López is a native speaker and writer of English and Spanish, fluent in Portuguese, and proficient in French.

Teaching and Research Interests

Contracts I & II, Immigration & Refugee law, National Security Law, International Legal Theory, and Terror Films and Counter-Terror Policies (Freshman seminar)

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Economic Crises from the Bottom Up: (in)Securities of Silencing a Racial Past and Present: Cluster Introduction, 21 BERKELEY LA RAZA LAW JOURNAL 203-14 (2012) (LatCrit XV symposium)
Guantánamo as Subordination: Detainees as Resisting Empire, 104 ASIL PROC. 472-476 (2011)
Guantánamo as a “Legal Black Hole”: A Base for Expanding Space, Markets, and Culture, 45 UNIV. SAN FRANCISCO LAW REV. 141-214 (2010)
Guantánamo outside and inside the U.S.: why is an American base a legal anomaly?, 18 AMERICAN UNIV. JOURNAL OF GENDER, SOCIAL POLICY, & THE LAW 471-501 (2010)
Op-ed, “Don't discourage food trucks,” ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, Sep. 23, 2010.